News from Boonshoft School of Medicine

Dr. Gary LeRoy speaks at Convocation

Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomes the class of 2018

(July 26, 2014) Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomed 110 students on July 26, during the annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony held at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton. During the ceremony, students take their first oath of professional medical ethics, concluding with the words, “I commit myself to a lifelong journey of learning how to cure, relieve and comfort with humility and compassion.” Each student also will receive a white coat—a traditional symbol of the medical profession—personalized with his or her name and the medical school patch.

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HAPI lab: Wright State to offer unique anatomy lab experience to high school students

(Dec. 17, 2014) A unique anatomy and physiology lab at Wright State University will soon be offered to high school students to enrich their understanding of the human body, help them make career choices and expose them to opportunities at the university. The two-hour, single-session Human Anatomy and Physiology Interactive (HAPI) lab, held at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, will be available to between 15 and 30 high school juniors and seniors from interested schools beginning on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The labs will continue to be offered to schools on each subsequent Friday.

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Eight students receive Choose Ohio First Primary Care Scholarships

(Dec. 17, 2014) Eight students from Boonshoft School of Medicine were selected to receive Choose Ohio First Primary Care Scholarships. Each of the following will receive an annual scholarship of $30,000: second-year students R.J. Sontag and Caleb Dukeman; third-year students Cara Schroeder, Thao Tran, Eric Thuney and Austin J. Williams; and fourth-year students Stephen Knox  and Zenar Tekeste of Dayton, Ohio.

Resident selected for NIH fellowship with National Cancer Institute

Sadia Ilyas, M.D.(Dec. 8, 2014) Sadia Ilyas, M.D., a Boonshoft School of Medicine resident in surgery, is in her second year of a three-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowship with the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program trains surgeons committed to academic careers in surgical oncology. Eight positions per year are available for this fellowship program.

Jim Olson, Ph.D.
Brain power — Jim Olson, Ph.D., brings the study of neuroscience to young students across the nation

(Nov. 13, 2014) Neuroscience is beginning to be taught in middle and high schools around the nation through the Science Olympiad program thanks to a Wright State University neuroscientist who has been pushing hard to interest young students in the scientific study of the nervous system. Jim Olson, Ph.D., professor of emergency medicine and neuroscience, cell biology and physiology, has been honored nationally for his neuroscience education outreach efforts.

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Center for Healthy Communities Medicaid Outreach Consortium to hold community forums

(Nov. 17, 2014) The Center for Healthy Communities Medicaid Outreach Consortium of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is offering free community forums about Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace. Community forums will be held on Dec. 3, Dec. 15, Jan. 7, Jan. 9 and Feb. 4. Forums will be offered at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the cafeteria at The Job Center, 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd.

Premier Health Breaks Ground for the Good Samaritan Family Medicine Building

(Nov. 10, 2014) A groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 6 to launch construction of a new medical office facility, the Good Samaritan Family Medicine Building, The single-story, 27,000-square-foot building is being built across the street from Good Samaritan Hospital’s main campus, near the intersection of Salem Avenue and Philadelphia Drive in Dayton. The facility will house the Family Medicine Residency Program and the Five Rivers Family Health Center.

Donald Clark with a patient
Donald L. Clark, M.D., featured in AAFP News

(Nov. 5, 2014) Donald L. Clark, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine and medical director for Wright State Physicians Family Medicine, was interviewed about risk-stratified care management by AAFP News, an online publication of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Risk-stratified care management begins with a periodic and systematic assessment of each patient's health risk status, using criteria from multiple sources to develop a personalized care plan.

Dieter E. Nevels, M.B.A., appointed executive director and CFO of Boonshoft School of Medicine

Deiter Nevels, M.B.A.(Oct. 31, 2014) Dieter E. Nevels, M.B.A., has been appointed executive director and chief financial officer of the Boonshoft School of Medicine, effective Oct. 20, 2014. He replaces John Bale, M.Acc., who will retire Nov. 30 after 28 years of service to the medical school. Nevels has almost 30 years of broad-based experience in all aspects of corporate and medical school finance and business operations, ranging from strategic planning and analysis to valuations of merger/acquisition targets.

Rise.Shine The Campaign for Wright State University
Wright State University announces $150 million fundraising campaign featuring Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks

(Oct. 18, 2014) Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks will help lead a $150 million fundraising campaign for Wright State University that promises to further elevate the school’s prominence by expanding scholarships, attracting more top-flight faculty and supporting construction of state-of-the-art facilities. Rise.Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University will be formally announced by President David R. Hopkins on Saturday, Oct. 18, before 600 students, faculty, staff, donors and other special guests expected to gather at the Wright State University Nutter Center. More than $106 million in gifts and pledges has already been raised, including a record number of gifts from alumni.

Memorial service held for associate professor of pathology B. Laurel Elder, Ph.D.

B. Laurel Elder(Oct. 6, 2014) A memorial service was held for B. Laurel Elder, Ph.D., on Oct. 11, at Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church, 4417 Bigger Road Kettering, Ohio 45440. Dr. Elder, an associate professor of pathology at Boonshoft School of Medicine, passed away on Oct. 2. The B. Laurel Elder Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to honor Dr. Elder's contributions to the school and her commitment to improving health care in developing countries. The fund will award scholarships to fourth-year Boonshoft students who have completed requirements for the global health certificate and have significant financial need. For more information, contact Angela Clements, director of major gifts, at

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Julian G. Cambronero recognized with prestigious award in Spain

(Sept.12, 2014) To say that it was a good summer for Julian Gomez-Cambronero, Ph.D., would be an understatement. The professor of biochemistry and molecular biology began the season by successfully organizing an international academic conference and capped it off with a prestigious award in his hometown of Manzanares in the famed La Mancha region of Spain.

Student selected to participate in the American Society of Hematology 2014 Minority Medical Student Award Program

Ruth Jocelyn Claros(Sept. 8, 2014) Ruth Jocelyn Claros, a second-year medical student at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, was one of 12 medical students nationwide selected for the American Society of Hematology 2014 Minority Medical Student Award Program. This career-development award program, offered to first- and second-year medical students from the United States and Canada in D.O., M.D., or M.D./Ph.D. programs, is designed to spark minority medical students’ interest in the field of hematology.

ACEP Quiz Team Winners
Emergency Medicine residents win quiz show at Ohio ACEP assembly

(Aug. 29, 2014) Residents from the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine placed first in the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) Quiz Show on Aug. 14 in Columbus, Ohio.

Topaz Sampson and Jasmin Scott-Hawkins

Topaz Sampson (left) and Jasmin Scott-Hawkins

Students named to the board of the Student National Medical Association

(Aug. 14, 2014) Two Boonshoft School of Medicine students have joined the board of directors of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Topaz Sampson, a fourth-year medical student, was installed as national president of SNMA, and third-year student Jasmin Scott-Hawkins was appointed cochair of the SNMA publications committee. SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. The two WSU students were selected for their positions at the 2014 SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference in Washington, D.C., in April.

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Family medicine residents win grant to immunize those 65 & older against flu, pneumonia

(July 31, 2014) The Boonshoft School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program was one of 16 family medicine residency programs nationwide to receive a Senior Immunization Grant Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation in June. The $10,000 grant will be used to improve influenza and pneumococcal vaccine rates in patients age 65 and older during the 2014-15 flu season.

Department of Surgery receives state grant to help improve trauma patient triage outcomes

Priti Parikh, Ph.D.(Dec. 8, 2014) While most injuries can be treated at local emergency departments, those who are severely injured should get care at a Level I trauma center. By doing so, the risk of death is decreased by 25 percent. The Wright State Department of Surgery is working to ensure that happens with the help of a $56,126 research grant the department received in July from the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) to help improve patient triage at roadside accidents.

Catherine Marco, M.D.American College of Emergency Physicians recognizes Catherine A. Marco, M.D., for contributions to emergency medicine

(Nov. 17, 2014) Catherine A. Marco, M.D., FACEP, professor of emergency medicine, received the Council Meritorious Service Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) for outstanding contributions to emergency medicine at ACEP's annual meeting in Chicago in October. Marco was recognized for her commitment to the ACEP Council since 2004.

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Wright State’s SARDI program announces new collaboration with Samaritan Behavioral Health

(Nov. 13, 2014) The Substance Abuse Resources and Disabilities Issues Program in the Department of Community Health at Boonshoft School of Medicine has announced a new collaboration with Samaritan Behavioral Health Inc. The collaboration centers on the Consumer Advocacy Model (CAM), which has been in operation since 1997. CAM’s mission is to provide prevention, treatment and recovery services for the underserved population of individuals with disabilities who are also challenged by substance abuse and/or mental illness.

Master of Public Health program offers two scholarships for incoming students

CEPH logo(Nov. 6, 2014) The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program is offering two one-year $7,500 scholarships for students accepted into its program for fall 2015. The M.P.H. program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Jeffrey B. Travers, M.D., Ph.D., named professor and chair of pharmacology and toxicology

Jeffrey B. Travers, M.D., Ph.D.(Oct. 31, 2014) Jeffrey B. Travers, M.D., Ph.D., has been named professor and chair of pharmacology and toxicology, and professor of dermatology, effective Feb. 1, 2015. Travers has been on the faculty of the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine since 1995, where he held positions in the Departments of Dermatology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Pediatrics. He served as residency director for dermatology, and director of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Signature Center for Atopic Dermatitis.

Founding chair of physiology, Samuel Kolmen, Ph.D., passes away

(Oct. 20, 2014) Samuel N. Kolmen, Ph.D., died on Oct. 15, 2014, at his home in Lewisburg, Penn. He was 84. Dr. Kolmen was the first chair of the Department of Physiology at Boonshoft School of Medicine and was involved in the development of the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program and the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University.

Miami Valley Hospital Foundation honors Linda Barney, M.D., FACS, as outstanding medical professional

Linda Barney, M.D.(Sep. 30, 2014) Miami Valley Hospital Foundation honored Linda M. Barney, M.D., FACS, as an outstanding medical professional at a Champions of Hope cancer fundraiser on Sept. 18. She was one of five individuals honored in the battle against cancer.

Barney is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She serves as an associate professor of surgery for Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, associate program director for the General Surgery Residency Program at Miami Valley Hospital and director of the Division of General Surgery for Wright State Physicians.

Timothy Broderick, M.D., named chief scientist for the Wright State Research Institute

Tiimothy Broderick, M.D.(Sept. 11, 2014) Timothy Broderick, M.D., has been named chief scientist at the Wright State Research Institute (WSRI), where he will be responsible for growing the institute’s portfolio for basic and applied research and development. He will also join the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine faculty as professor of surgery. Broderick will lead the day-to-day scientific research of WSRI, with a specific focus on the development of solutions to near-term, currently identified challenges as well as longer-term, envisioned research needs that are consistent with the university’s academic mission, strategic plan and research.

Wright State Trustees award rank of University Professor to Ronald J. Markert, Ph.D.

Ron Markert, Ph.D.(Aug. 28, 2014) Ronald J. Markert, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Internal Medicine, has been selected as University Professor by the Wright State University Board of Trustees. The title University Professor is a special rank reserved for full professors who have made outstanding contributions beyond the confines of their own discipline.

Gary LeRoy, M.D., honored as Family Medicine Educator of the Year

Gary LeRoy, M.D.(Aug. 11, 2014) The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians recently announced that Gary L. LeRoy, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, is the recipient of its 2014 Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award. LeRoy, who has been practicing medicine for 22 years, is also an associate professor of family medicine and a staff physician at Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton/East Dayton Health Center.

Family medicine resident receives training award in substance abuse, addiction

SFTN logo(July 31, 2014) Boonshoft School of Medicine family medicine resident Lara Ilyas, M.D., was one of two people nationwide selected to receive an STFM/NIDA Training Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction. The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to fund two one-year training awards of $22,000 each to support the development of expertise in substance abuse and addiction within academic family medicine. Ilyas will conduct an original, mentored pilot/data-gathering study in substance abuse and addiction.

Dean Marjorie Bowman at press conference
Wright State and Premier Health Neuroscience Institute adds Dayton Children’s Hospital, pediatric research to neuroscience venture

(July 10, 2010) The Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute, together with Dayton Children's Hospital, announced today the affiliation of Dayton Children's with the institute to boost pediatric neuroscience research in the region and enhance pediatric care. Dayton Children’s clinicians and researchers will formally participate in a broad range of research and educational programs with the members of the Neuroscience Institute.

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New M.S. in pharmacology and toxicology leadership/administration offered

(June 27, 2014) To better prepare students for a career in pharmacology and toxicology, the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Boonshoft School of Medicine now offers a leadership/administration master of science program. The one-year program is for students who want to become lab managers, leaders or higher education administrators in the pharmacology and toxicology field. “Our students can now select a leadership/administration or a research-based program,” said Terry Oroszi, M.S., director of the program.

Professor Anstadt with students
Students gain insights into cardiac function by testing revolutionary heart pump

(June 25, 2014) A revolutionary heart pump is providing a rare learning opportunity for Wright State University students. The pump is attached to a mock human circulatory system — a student-designed plumbing marvel of clear plastic piping that simulates the flow of life-giving blood. “They’re using the same tools we’re using clinically,” said Mark Anstadt, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon and professor of surgery.

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Student researchers discover new ways to help diabetes patients

(June 12, 2014) Master’s degree students in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology are making discoveries that have the potential to save limbs and reduce kidney failure in diabetes patients. Led by Khalid Elased, Pharm.D., Ph.D., associate professor, and Nadja Grobe, Ph.D., a research assistant professor, several master’s students have published their findings in well-known journals and presented their research at national conferences. Their research focuses on the mechanisms of cardiovascular and renal complications of diabetes.

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Founding chair of biochemistry department remembered

(July 18, 2014) Robert (Bob) Weisman, Ph.D., passed away on July 2, 2014, at age 77, leaving a great void in the Wright State University family. For more than 30 years, as biochemistry chair, associate dean, interim dean and consummate faculty member, his contributions helped to establish the fabric of who we are today. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and who benefitted, knowingly or unknowingly, from his leadership and advice.

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